“Look how beautiful the sun is on the tofu!” ...overheard at the South Tufa Tufa (not to be confused with tofu 🙈) is the limestone rock that forms these other-worldly towers in the photo. Created by mineral deposits from underwater vents, the tufa are only visible above the surface of the lake today because runoff water that naturally fed the lake was diverted into the Los Angeles aqueduct. The water line receded, exposing the subterranean towers. As stunning as the tufa are, especially when the sun shines on them in the mornings, they are just one example of how much impact human activity can have on delicate landscapes. Photo: @craigwestphoto
Many visit this place to chant and meditate under the frigid waterfall. We happened upon a practitioner post chant on our way up the last steps leading to this sacred place, which was devastated by typhoon Jedi in 2018. This shrine is dedicated to Shugendō, which incorporates both Shinto and Buddhism and was banned from 1872 until after WWII.
A beautiful morning roaming trough this beautiful area 🌿 We woke up here and waited for the sunrise. The mountains became all red... it’s a privilege to explore such beautiful places and I’m so grateful for that ✨